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As an older woman, should I take vitamin D?

Celeste Robb-Nicholson
Internal Medicine
It is possible to get the government-endorsed vitamin D intakes (600 international units [IU] for women ages 51 to 70; 800 IU for women over age 71) through diet or sun exposure. But if you live in the northern United States, especially during winter months, if you always wear sun block, or if you are unable to spend adequate time outdoors, it is harder to get adequate vitamin D without taking supplements. Also, as we age, we may not absorb vitamin D as efficiently as younger women, and require a larger daily dose, up to 1,000IU.Consult your doctor about the appropriate supplementation for you.

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